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RECAP: Chef Jose De Jesus Delivers A Total Knock Out For Charity In Culinary Fight Night
Chef De Jesus edged past Chef Kelvin Fernandez on Monday night to capture $10,000!!
The secret ingredients for this final round were Goldfish Crackers, Wintergreen Altoids and harissa. Chef De Jesus decided to take on the ultimate challenge and use all 3 secret ingredients in his appetizer, a challenge no other chef in this series chose to attempt. His appetizer; Crispy Goldfish Cracker and panko crusted Thai Crab Cakes with a mango-harissa chive slaw and an Altoid-lime zest vinaigrette, was a crowd favorite. For his entrée, chef served pan seared Veal Medallions with a homemade Boursin cheese Beet Risotto, shaved Brussels and a horseradish demi glaze. Jose raised the bar for dessert and prepared a trio of sweets; Cashew Croissant Bread Pudding, caramelized Banana Mousse with spiced chocolate sauce and a traditional South American Coquito shot to seal the deal.
CFN's Championship judges panel, sponsors and partners included; Miss New York 2013 Amanda Mason, Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz, Celebrity Chef and founder of www.SheChef.org, Chef Elle Simone, PR/Image Exec. and palate behind food blog Burgers & Bourbon, BJ Coleman, Pix 11 journalist and host of Celebrity Taste Makers, Lisa Mateo, Pastry Chef and Editor in Chief of Urban.Food.Print, Chef Isaiah Kelsey, model/TV personality, Eugena Washington, Sons of Essex, The Line Group, Title Boxing, Aquabest Seafood, Art Ink Studios, Richard Nohs Perspective, NRG Visions, Phoenix Rising Hospitality Group, Chefs Morgan Robinson and James Robinson, Vince Tattanelli, Tim Valenti and Brandi North.
Culinary Fight Night® is currently on tour and will host their next competition on April 28, 2014 in Washington D.C. Chefs Brazil Murphy (www.spyce.com) and Michael Youssef (www.marriott.com) will meet in the squared circle to prepare dishes for our judges; D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Washington Redskins Niles Paul and Miss District of Columbia 2013 Bindhu Pamarthi, to name a few. Via www.culinaryfightnight.com, guests are asked to RSVP and vote for their favorite secret ingredient. The top 3 ingredients will have to be incorporated into each chefs menu as they cook inside of a full scale boxing ring for a panel of celebrity judges and live studio audience.
For more information about Culinary Fight Night® and upcoming events or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor, partner or contender, please visit www.culinaryfightnight.com.